Benefits cap ‘will harm county families’ says claimant

CHANCELLOR George Osborne’s benefits cap will harm families in Oxfordshire, a claimant has warned.

Angela Turner, 29, of Yarnton, came off most of her benefits after finding a job earlier this year, but still claims child benefit.

She said the system already failed to support the people who really need them, and a cap at such a difficult time would hit families.

She said: “I would never go back on benefits now, because I know they don’t really want to help people at all. When I started working, they stopped all my benefits which meant I didn’t have any money until I got paid.”

Miss Turner was forced to feed a family of seven on £74 per week after her benefits were cut the moment she was employed, instead of when she received her first wages.

She said: “Everything’s going up in price, and they’re not doing anything to help anyone deal with that.”

In the statement, the Chancellor announced benefit increases would be capped at one per cent over the next three years, a far cry from the rate of inflation.

The exception to the cut is the state pension, which is protected by a guarantee that it will rise by at least 2.5 per cent. The Chancellor said he would protect the vulnerable by continuing to increase carer benefits and disability benefits in line with inflation.

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Mr Osborne’s announcement fell short of the freeze in benefits which some pressure groups feared, but was still greeted with dismay by some anti-poverty campaigners.

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12:50pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Myron Blatz says...

Yes, Angela is correct - the benefits system is rubbish-run, especially here in Oxford. Another neighbour of mine's Son recently got back into full-time employment after a period of being on the 'dole' following being made redundant, and couldn't believe how unsympathetic the various people were - with City Council not being capable of communicating with the Job Centre people (I was surprised to hear that Oxford still has one, as many have been closed-down around the County) and that he and his Family also suffered from payments being delayed, and issues arising with housing Benefit and Council Tax. Even if benefits do not get totally cancelled, the delay in repayment can make or break families in the short-term, and not helped by being offered short-term loans to somehow 'cover' the bungling administrations involved. According to the neighbour, her Son (who apparently has 'never been a scrounger' and worked hard all his life until made unemployed) told her 'they seem to live in parallel worlds and blame anyone but themselves.' So, at least sounds like inept bureaucracy being consistent .....
Yes, Angela is correct - the benefits system is rubbish-run, especially here in Oxford. Another neighbour of mine's Son recently got back into full-time employment after a period of being on the 'dole' following being made redundant, and couldn't believe how unsympathetic the various people were - with City Council not being capable of communicating with the Job Centre people (I was surprised to hear that Oxford still has one, as many have been closed-down around the County) and that he and his Family also suffered from payments being delayed, and issues arising with housing Benefit and Council Tax. Even if benefits do not get totally cancelled, the delay in repayment can make or break families in the short-term, and not helped by being offered short-term loans to somehow 'cover' the bungling administrations involved. According to the neighbour, her Son (who apparently has 'never been a scrounger' and worked hard all his life until made unemployed) told her 'they seem to live in parallel worlds and blame anyone but themselves.' So, at least sounds like inept bureaucracy being consistent ..... Myron Blatz

1:36pm Thu 6 Dec 12

davyboy says...

i have never had to claim benefits, thank goodness, but know many who have. i always amazes me how a simple claim takes so long to sort out. any claim should be a simple affair, but paperwork seems to make it impossible. there must be a way to make sure that some sort of payment can be made immediately, and if needed taken back retrospectively. you cannot keep people hanging on without any form of income at all, especially if they have been made unemployed through no fault of their own. however, benefits should not be turned into a way of life, and those that do this should have theirs cut. you should be able to survive, but not enjoy any luxuries. those should come to those that work for them!
i have never had to claim benefits, thank goodness, but know many who have. i always amazes me how a simple claim takes so long to sort out. any claim should be a simple affair, but paperwork seems to make it impossible. there must be a way to make sure that some sort of payment can be made immediately, and if needed taken back retrospectively. you cannot keep people hanging on without any form of income at all, especially if they have been made unemployed through no fault of their own. however, benefits should not be turned into a way of life, and those that do this should have theirs cut. you should be able to survive, but not enjoy any luxuries. those should come to those that work for them! davyboy

2:12pm Thu 6 Dec 12

xjohnx says...

You think that's bad?

Wait till we loose our A1 credit rating and the money runs out entirely.

What did the last labour chancellor say to the incoming Tories?

Oh yes, "Good luck! We have spent all the money."
You think that's bad? Wait till we loose our A1 credit rating and the money runs out entirely. What did the last labour chancellor say to the incoming Tories? Oh yes, "Good luck! We have spent all the money." xjohnx

7:03pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Pavinder Msvarensy says...

Davyboy, with wages so low, and rents, utilities, food, etc so high, there is no incentive to work, because even working 50 hours a week in a menial job will not allow you to buy the luxuries that you say should be for people that work for them. The choice is work yourself to death to make your employer rich, and struggle to make ends met, or don't work, and struggle to make ends meet, a no brainer really.
Davyboy, with wages so low, and rents, utilities, food, etc so high, there is no incentive to work, because even working 50 hours a week in a menial job will not allow you to buy the luxuries that you say should be for people that work for them. The choice is work yourself to death to make your employer rich, and struggle to make ends met, or don't work, and struggle to make ends meet, a no brainer really. Pavinder Msvarensy

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